[Debian-eeepc-devel] patch for GSM toggle

Darren Salt linux at youmustbejoking.demon.co.uk
Wed Jul 8 21:05:02 UTC 2009

I demand that Thiemo Nagel may or may not have written...

> Darren Salt wrote:
>> I demand that Thiemo Nagel may or may not have written...
>>> could you please have a look at the attached patch (against the shengine 
>>> branch) which allows toggling of HUAWEI USB GSM adapters?  (saves approx 
>>> 0.5-0.8 Watts on my Eee PC 1000HGO)
>> Could you test for rfkill support in kernel 2.6.31-rc2 or a backport of
>> eeepc-laptop, and alter your patch accordingly? It looks like support is
>> present via an rfkill device named "eeepc-wwan3g" (but I can't test this),

> I will have a look.

>> and that would be the preferred method of handling this: we shouldn't
>> hard-code it for a particular GSM device, we should only be affecting
>> built-in hardware, and it looks like all that'll actually be needed is to
>> report the state.

> Do we want to keep the current behaviour as a fallback for pre-2.6.31 
> kernels?

I think so, but as a fallback in case eeepc-laptop doesn't support it. That
can be dropped either when squeeze is released or should a sufficiently new
kernel be made available in lenny (as was done for etch with 2.6.24).

> Which kernel will squeeze ship?

No idea. I'm guessing 2.6.34 or later, though.

> BTW: Something I've been wondering for a while: What prevents
> eeepc-acpi-scripts from entering the offical Debian distro?

The fact that it's already there...? :-)

(No need to Cc. I set M-F-T for that reason.)

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